Haugan is about five miles from the Idaho border. The town was named for H. G. Haugan, land commissioner and comptroller for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Haugan was established and maintained as a pusher station for trains ascending the Coeur d'Alene Mountain grade. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company) Today, the area offers plenty of outdoor sporting opportunities, including big game hunting, hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding.
At the historic Savenac Nursery, visitors can learn the story of how millions of trees changed the future of our national forests. Established in 1907, Savenac was once one of the largest US Forest Service tree nurseries in the United States, producing 12 million seedlings annually to reforest national forests throughout the country. Although the nursery is no longer used to produce seedlings, the site remains intact it was designated a National Historic Site in July 2000. Today, visitors can wander along interpretive trails through forests that were once seed beds, explore an arboretum featuring gifted trees such as the Japanese larch, or just have a lazy picnic under Montana's blue sky.
Haugan is halfway between Missoula, Montana and Spokane, Washington. Haugan is also very close to Lookout Pass Ski Area, which offers great skiing experience. Early and regular snows that tend to be light and fun to ski. Lookout has 444 skiable acres and 23 runs, two terrain parks, and 25k of cross-country and snowshoeing. Lookout has a full-service lodge with food, bar, rentals, and lessons as well.